SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's drought-ravaged reservoirs are running so low that state water deliveries to some metropolitan areas have all but stopped, and cutbacks are forcing growers to fallow fields. But 19th-century laws allow almost 4,000 companies, farms and others to use an unmonitored amount of water for free - and in some cases, to sell what they don't need.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 4,000 corporations, farms and others hold senior water rights in California, exempting them from government-mandated cuts in water use during the third year of drought. Here is a look at five of them, along with how they obtained the right to draw water from waterways and how they use it:
Editor's note: Mario Vernali is now a Manteca resident.
Bulletin staff reports
MODESTO – The Great Valley Museum of Modesto Junior College will open the Planetarium on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, for 12 shows scheduled on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the American Graffiti Festival and Car Show on the MJC West Campus. The planetarium is located in the new Science Community Center.
The Manteca Costco is hosting a book signing for Ripon author John Mangelos of his pictorial history of Ripon on Saturday, June 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
GOLETA. (AP) - Elliot Rodger pounded on the sorority house front door while, inside, the young women he yearned to slaughter were preparing for another Friday night.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A 2011 surveillance video shows a woman with a bag walking into a Neiman Marcus store and trying on clothes. She buys some items and returns others before being stopped outside the high-end department store by security workers.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - A state board overseeing California's sex offender registration laws wants to overhaul the registry because they claim it has grown too big and does not help law enforcement or the public differentiate between offenders who pose significant risks and those not likely to reoffend.
SANTA ANA (AP) - Two convicted sex offenders charged with killing four California women while wearing electronic ankle bracelets fled parole supervision - and the state - together more than once before they were arrested and accused in the recent slayings, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland is under fire for a new contract clause that requires teachers to conform to church teachings in their private lives.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nearly 60,000 high-tech workers are likely to receive an average of $4,000 apiece in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired in an illegal cartel of Silicon Valley employers that secretly refused to recruit each other's engineers.
SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Record-low rainfall during California's lingering drought has resulted in less runoff and cleaner water at beaches up and down the coast, according to a new report.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly on Friday passed a bill banning the use of plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics, following actions already being taken by manufacturers and other state legislatures to keep the products out of waterways.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari has $1.4 million on hand to surpass fellow Republican Tim Donnelly's cash-starved campaign in California's June 3 primary, according to campaign finance filings released Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Teachers under investigation for possible misconduct will be allowed to stay home during their suspensions rather than report every workday to Los Angeles school district offices referred to as "teacher jails."
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate approved legislation Tuesday asking local agencies to develop plans to manage groundwater, a supply that is largely unregulated throughout the state even amid a statewide drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A treasure trove of rare gold coins that were discovered by a California couple out walking their dog last year are set to go on sale. The nearly 1,430 coins date from 1847 to 1894 and have been valued at more than $11 million. One was auctioned at the Old San Francisco Mint on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. Most of the rest will go on sale on Amazon.com and Kagins.com later that evening. Here are five things to know about the coins and their origin:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Someone is dropping envelopes full of cash across San Francisco - and causing an international frenzy on social media.
OROSI (AP) - A man defended his three younger siblings in a shootout inside their Central California home early Tuesday, killing one intruder and sending a second to the hospital with serious injuries, officials said.
FRESNO (AP) - Firefighters swarmed to the Central California foothills on Tuesday, attacking a blaze that had grown to cover 2 square miles in two days.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate has approved a pilot program under which some California community college campuses would offer four-year degrees in certain specialized fields.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Juvenile offenders would have an easier time putting their pasts behind them under bills working their way through the Legislature.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles city leaders are investigating accusations that some city street crews have been taking extended breaks while on the job instead of repairing potholes and sidewalks.
GOLETA (AP) - Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes. Sandy Hook school attacker Adam Lanza. And now Elliot Rodger.
WALNUT CREEK (AP) - Authorities in Northern California were searching Monday for a masked gunman who shot two people in a car after they attended an R&B concert.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Herb Jeffries, the first African-American singing cowboy to appear in movies in the 1930s, died of heart failure Sunday morning at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 100.